SHARJAH: West Indies clinched a consolation five-wicket win in the third and final Test against Pakistan with opener Kraigg Brathwaite capping a brilliant match with a half-century on the fifth morning in Sharjah on Thursday.
Brathwaite, who carried his bat through the first innings with 142 not out, finished with 60 as West Indies achieved the modest 153-run target for the loss of five wickets on a still batting-friendly Sharjah stadium pitch.
Pakistan still won the series 2-1 after winning the first Test by 56 runs in Dubai and the second by 133 runs in Abu Dhabi.
Brathwaite and Shane Dowrich, who finished with 60 not out, needed just 7.5 overs to notch the required 39 runs after resuming at 114–5 avoiding any upset by Pakistani bowlers who were looking for early wickets.
Brathwaite drove fast bowler Wahab Riaz’s first ball of the day to cover boundary and then took two more while Dowrich pulled leg-spinner Yasir Shah to boundary to reduce the target to 29.
Brathwaite then pushed Riaz for two to reach his 12th Test fifty, finishing with xxx boundaries during his another impeccable knock but more notably without being dismissed in the match.
Dowrich hit two boundaries off Mohammad Amir to achieve the win.
Pakistan did not seem to respect their opponents and they did not have the will to play in this inconsequential Test match.
The series win also kept Pakistan’s record of remaining unbeaten in United Arab Emirates (UAE) since 2009 terrorists attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore forced them to make the Gulf country their neutral venue.
Since then Pakistan have won five series in UAE and drawn the other four.
But Pakistan’s defeat in Sharjah failed them in achieving a rare 9-0 tour whitewash after routing West Indies 3-0 in the both the preceding Twenty20 and one-day series. Australia beat Pakistan 9-0 in 2010 but that series was comprised of three Tests, five one-day and one Twenty20.
It also deprived Misbah-ul-Haq from making his 49th Test as Pakistan skipper — beating the legendary Imran Khan’s record of 48 Tests as captain — memorable.
This becomes West Indies first win in 14 Tests since beating England at Barbados in May last year.